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Eleven Smith Debnam Lawyers Named in 2020 Best Lawyers® List

August 15, 2019

Raleigh, N.C. (August 15, 2019) – The Raleigh-based law firm of Smith Debnam today announced that eleven Smith Debnam lawyers are named in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers® in America, one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. In all, six separate practice areas are represented among the eleven Smith Debnam attorneys recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers® in America.

Smith Debnam congratulates the following attorneys and their respective practice areas recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers® in America:

Banking & Finance Law

  • Byron L. Saintsing Saintsing leads the firm’s construction law practice group and has written and lectured on many topics about construction and equipment leasing.

Bankruptcy & Creditor Rights / Insolvency & Reorganization Law

  • Franklin Drake Drake is a nationally recognized speaker on financial services regulation and compliance-related matters, with over 30 years of experience representing clients in the financial services industry.
  • Bettie Kelley Sousa Sousa is a Board Certified Specialist in Creditors’ Rights and has over 35 years of experience representing companies and their owners in business litigation and employment law.

Commercial Litigation

  • Thurston Debnam, Jr. Debnam is one of the firm’s founding partners and has more than 30 years of experience in commercial planning and business litigation.

Corporate Law

  • Thurston Debnam, Jr. Debnam is one of the firm’s founding partners and has more than 30 years of experience in commercial planning and business litigation.
  • Bettie Kelley Sousa Sousa is a Board Certified Specialist in Creditors’ Rights and has over 35 years of experience representing companies and their owners in business litigation and employment law.

Family Law

  • Andrea Bosquez-Porter Bosquez-Porter is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar, Certified Family Financial Settlement Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission, and she is also a Parenting Coordinator.
  • Alicia Jurney Jurney is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and serves as a collaborative attorney with the Integrated Accountability and Collaborative Transparency Program (IACT).
  • Lynn W. McNally McNally is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and Certified Family Financial Settlement Mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission.
  • John W. Narron Narron is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and has been practicing law in North Carolina since 1977.
  • Rose H. Stout Stout has been a Board Certified Family Law Specialist by the North Carolina State Bar since 1991, with extensive trial experience in family law court.

Real Estate Law

  • Lauren V. Reeves Reeves is a partner inside Smith Debnam’s real estate, foreclosure, and creditors’ rights sections. She represents lenders, individuals, and businesses in real estate matters, including real estate closings, purchasing, leasing, selling, financing and all issues of title arising in both residential and commercial real estate transactions.
  • Jeff D. Rogers– Rogers has 30 years of experience representing creditors, lenders, and businesses of all sizes on matters of foreclosure, bankruptcy, and collections.

Best Lawyers publishes The Best Lawyers® in America by geographic region and practice area, and lawyers are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed. Best Lawyers bases its findings on an exhaustive peer-review survey where, on average, over 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal and professional abilities of other lawyers. For this reason, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

About Smith Debnam

Founded in 1972, Smith Debnam is a leading, multi-practice regional law firm for institutions and private individuals who value a responsible and caring approach from an accomplished team of experienced legal professionals. Headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, the firm represents clients in Banking, Financial Services, Equipment Leasing, Construction, Mortgage Servicing, Manufacturing, and Professional Services industries. Smith Debnam has extensive experience in state and federal courts across a diverse list of practice areas, including Corporate and Business Law, Business Litigation, Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization, Foreclosures, Creditor Representation, Consumer Collections, Commercial & Residential Real Estate, Construction Law, Employment Law, Equipment Leasing & Finance, Family Law, Elder Law & Advocacy Services, Trusts & Estates, Probate Litigation, and Tax Law.

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